We moved from Martinez in July 05. Not very familiar with Challenger but we tried to get our 4yr old into North Star Charter for the fall. He got into GalileoMessage 1 of 5 , Jun 1, 2009View SourceWe moved from Martinez in July '05. Not very familiar with Challenger but we tried to get our 4yr old into North Star Charter for the fall. He got into Galileo Math and Science instead and we're thrilled with what we've seen so far. We would have never had so many options for schooling staying in the Bay Area. We love it here.
--- In CAtoID@yahoogroups.com, kimmiekb1 <no_reply@...> wrote:
> We moved here from Pleasanton in '05 and Love it too. My girls go to Eagle Hills and I they love it. They have a wonderful orchestra program there and really invovled parents. I have both of my children on a waiting list for the new North Star Charter School. It has just been approved as an International Baccalaureate School. It is K-12. Check out their web site http://www.northstarcharter.org/
> Kim :)
> --- In CAtoID@yahoogroups.com, kathy lindh <tklindh@> wrote:
> > hello
> > we moved here in june 07 from pleasant hill...Challenger is new and really
> > nice!
> > i would check to see how many kids are enrolled in the classes...its
> > expensive especially for this area and since they are so new, they may have
> > low enrollment...alltho maybe not. we have a daughter who will be 4 next
> > month...where in the bay area are you from ?? how old are your kids?
> > i have a friend that moved here from walnut creek with 3 kids and they are
> > enrolled in eagle at seven oaks. is on a track system but she really loves
> > it,.
> > we love it here! we did alot of research before moving and would be happy
> > to share any info that may be helpful.
> > kathy
> > On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 11:24 PM, Daniela Hansell <hansell@>wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > We have recently returned from a trip to Boise, after a few days of
> > > scoping the area for possible relocation. We loved it, and in
> > > particular we liked Eagle (we currently live in SF Bay Area). Anyone
> > > has any feedback on the new facility Challenger school in Eagle/
> > > Meridian? We think it is a good fit for our kids but would love to
> > > hear opinions from those who attend or know families involved with it.
> > >
> > > Thank you!
> > >
> > >
Hi Daniela, Our daughter presently goes to Challenger s preschool (4 yr old program). Overall, our daughter really enjoys it. It is pretty well rounded,Message 2 of 5 , Jun 1, 2009View Source
Hi Daniela,Our daughter presently goes to Challenger's preschool (4 yr old program). Overall, our daughter really enjoys it. It is pretty well rounded, with academics, music, art, science, and a few performances throughout the year. They sometimes do some really cool things, for instance, they had a blackhawk helicoptor land and all the kids were allowed to climb inside and explore. We've had the chance to get together with other parents (via birthday parties, classroom events, performances, etc.) and everyone has been pleased. The Kindergarten will start with first grade math and it is pretty clear that there grades are similar to those the next level up in a public school setting (first grade more like a second grade public school). There are few downsides. It is expensive. However (for private schools) Foothills is much more expensive (also a really great school) and Foundations is closer to Challenger's rates (I think cheaper for Kindergarten, but I don't know about the higher grades). The curriculum, while advance, is very rigid in the fact that everyone has to complete the same curriculum - which is problematic for those who are more advanced and for those with significant delays. Our daughter is presently doing first and second grade math at home and reading around the first/second grade level, and the school has been unable to accomodate her needs regarding math or reading in the school setting (again she's in the preschool, so it is even more limited). So it definitely isn't perfect. The science, music, and foundational skills are very strong and, since they were willing to move her ahead a year, it's better than what we would get in a different setting. Uniforms are required starting in Kindergarten, which means the girls do wear dresses/skirts with leggings over the winter (if you have a girl who would be bothered by this, an important thing to consider). Finally, communication is hard. You do get a quarterly assessment, but you don't get as much feedback as I think a place with formal parent-teacher conferences would. Now I don't know if this is true with the higher grades, they very well might have those conferences, so this point may be less of an issue.One really nice thing is that they are allowing our daughter to start Kindergarten a year early (her birthday is after the public school cut-off). Foothills was also willing to do this, by the way. Because she is academically more advance, this helps, but it really isn't quite enough. If only they would accomodate her need for greater challenge in some of her academic areas, then we'd be really sold! We simply aren't in a position to work with the public school for at least another year.Hope this helps.-Sheila
--- On Tue, 5/26/09, Daniela Hansell <hansell@...> wrote:
From: Daniela Hansell <hansell@...>
Subject: [CAtoID] Challenger school in Eagle/Meridian?
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 10:24 PM
We have recently returned from a trip to Boise, after a few days of
scoping the area for possible relocation. We loved it, and in
particular we liked Eagle (we currently live in SF Bay Area). Anyone
has any feedback on the new facility Challenger school in Eagle/
Meridian? We think it is a good fit for our kids but would love to
hear opinions from those who attend or know families involved with it.